Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel on Tuesday said the specific cause of death of the 52-year-old transient man remained under investigation, pending toxicology tests. But it's likely he died of drug use or of natural causes related to heart disease.
The Bellingham Herald says a landscaping crew found the body Monday afternoon in a muddy ditch overgrown with cattails. Investigators believe he had been dead for some time. He had not been reported missing.